Saturday, December 27, 2014

Happier New Year

Some veggie musing on 2014 while I'm stuck inside on a cool, damp day.

It's the time of the year when I start thinking ahead to the new year to come.

Looking through seed catalogues and online seed shops. Thinking, planning and hoping. Visiting nurseries and garden centers.

Hoping for a better Spring. I seem to get a good Summer, Autumn and Winter but I can't put a spring together here at My Veggie Garden.

For the last two years it has been record low rainfall and record high temperatures.

I get everything started off well and then it either fries in the baking hot sun or kicks the bucket because I missed being able to water it. Which leads to frustration and eventually disillusionment, but not for long. A few cooler days and a little rain and I'm full of hope and enthusiasm again.

I have to spend so much time watering that I don't get other essential jobs done, like mulching which in turn only exacerbates the problem.

Coming out of Winter and moving into Spring is when I seem the most enthusiastic in the garden but I'm thinking next year I'll curb my enthusiasm a little so I can ensure the success of what I do plant. I find I run out of room quickly (better planning needed) and I have excess seedlings but no veggie garden to put them in.

Another problem that needs a solution is that my onion and garlic crops tie up the garden for five or six months of the year (most of winter and Spring) but they do really well. I need to find somewhere else to grow them so I've got more room for other crops like, Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale and Cauliflower among others, or accept that these grow well and are worthy of the time and space.

I've also found that starting my new job at Glenvale Villas in October took up a lot of my energy and creative garden think space which left the My Veggie Garden a little neglected when it needed some attention from me but now that I'm getting settled into a routine of sorts I'm looking forward to more time in the veggie garden in the new year.

Well. that's just a few thinks rolling around my head looking for answers. Still, when I'm not feeding the wildlife or getting fried to a crisp I have a few wins and seem to maintain a modicum of enthusiasm to keep me pursuing my dream of a wonderfully lush and productive veggie garden.

Cheers, and all the best to you all and to your veggie garden adventures for 2015

Stewart.

P.S. I said 'Happier' in the title but this year has been a pretty bloody good year for me.
After fighting and struggling with ulcerative colitis for many years and having had surgery to 'cure' me of it I feel alive and energetic again. And after years of the above and being stuck working in a cab because of it I am now out doing what I love again, Gardening.




Sunday, December 21, 2014

Pineapple Rice Cream

Australia Women's Weekly Recipe Card Library
 Facebook to the rescue.

Some people frown on Facebook but boy 'o boy when you need it it's always there for you.

We have rather flexable Christmas traditions but one I've enjoyed over the years is a Pineapple Rice Cream that my wife made for us many years ago and it went over quite a hit.

The recipe she used was from the Australia Women's Weekly Recipe Card Library.


 So it was made every other year or so until the recipe was lost or misplaced.

 And so with Christmas coming up I became nostalgic for another taste of Pineapple Rice Cream.

Anyway couldn't find the recipe anywhere in the house, searched the interweb from the top down. Nothing but a few photos and glib references, but, nothing.

My wife, who knows little of how the interweb works, pipes up and says why don't I ask on Facebook.

Now why didn't I think of that.

Put up a description, ask the question and, ta-da, a friends mother in Victoria had them in the pantry. A quick photo and I'm back in business.

Pineapple Rice Cream for Dessert on Christmas Day.


Cheers and Merry Christmas

Stewart.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dividing a Cymbidium orchid

Not a veggie that's plain to see, but I had fun all the same.

Dividing a Cymbidium orchid that I went halves in with my Daughter, Elysha, and I still owe her for, I'll get around to it.

I got three good plants from it and the single bulb has a side shoot so I potted it up and I'll wait and see what happens with it.

I'm no orchid expert so if anyone has any suggestions about my method I'd love to hear from you.

Cheers


Saturday, December 13, 2014

About four or five inches.

I've lost track of how much rain we've had over the last week or so but it's around about four or five inches.

After feeling rather disillusioned with gardening after six/seven weeks of very hot and dry weather I'm itching to get out into the garden tomorrow and get some good ol' veggie gardening happening.

Also I've had a very tight and sticky space bar on my laptop which has made typing and blogging pretty frustrating.

It's been like that since I bought it home twelve moths ago but I took it back under warranty and they replaced the keyboard and now it's a joy to type again.

So I should be posting a little more regular now as well.

Cheers and here's to Sunday's in the veggie garden.

Stewart.

P.S. Dear Santa, if I've been good, I like one of these too.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

RGW

Sunny? It's always freaking "Sunny"
At last I have some reasonable gardening weather (RGW).

And after four or so weeks of ridiculously hot and dry (it's still dry) weather I've got about three weeks of neglect to catch up with.

Weeds to be weeded, compost bins to be emptied, turned and filled back up again and planting a few seedlings I have left that I have survived.

So I'd better get cracking.

Cheers and have a nice day,

Stewart

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

It rained!

It rained!

I finally got followup rain to the falls we had in August.



Never mind that it's two months too late and half the garden has fried in the hot and dry conditions. It rained.

It's like stunned disbelief, it's been so long I was beginning to think it not possible.

14mm here at My Veggie Garden but just to rub a little salt into the wound my work, on the western side of  town, received 30mm.

Fingers crossed I don'thave to wait another two months for the next fall.

(photo) 
A friend on the Southern end of town didn't fare so well

Cheers and may your rain god smile upon your veggie garden.

Stewart.